Titusville Herald, March 7, 1980

Titusville Herald

March 07, 1980

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Titusville Herald (Newspaper) - March 7, 1980, Titusville, Pennsylvania DRAKE WELL 1859 TWENTYFIVE CENTS News and Advertising Pipeline Into the Oil Creek Valley TITUSVILLE PA FRIDAY MORNING MARCH 71980 Rain GOOD MORNING Rain today and Saturday High both days 45 Low tonight 32 NO NOT YET Former President Gerald Ford said Thursday at Eckerd College in St Petersburg Fla that it will be at least a few weeks before he decides to jump into the race for the Presidency Ford Inches Closer to Try For Presidential Nomination By The Associated Prets Gerald R Ford inched closer Thursday to entering the presidential race as a national draftFord committee was to formed to encourage him to make the jump If enough people ask the former president said Id have a hard time saying no Creation of the draft committee was announced by former Air Force Secretary Thomas C Reed who said Ford should know that many Americans agree he offers the best alternative to the bankrupt policies of the Carter administration Reed urged Ford partisans to express their support in cards and letters to Fords Palm Springs Calif home The former president said in St Petersburg Fla he had been given pledges of support from Democrats and independents as well as Republicans in the past several months He invited them to make their support public In a flurry of activity indicating he was laying the groundwork for announcing his intentions soon Ford made plans to meet Monday with John Sears who was ousted as Ronald Peagans campaign di rector the dayof the New Hampshire primary on Feb 26 Ford then will fly to New York and Washington for meetings with GOP political leaders and former congressional colleagues on whether he should run One aide hinded Ford might make an announcement as early as next week Syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak said Ford had disclosed in an interview he had decided tff enter the GOP contest and barring the unexpected would make his an nouncement on March 20 In Connecticut the day after Sen Howard Baker of Tennessee abandoned the GOP race his two top state campaign chiefs announced Thursday they were switching their support to Ford They said they would support a FordBaker ticket at the Republican National Con vention in July Terrorists Free Hostage BOGOTA Colombia AP Guerrillas holding the Dominican Republic Embassy freed one hostage and a government official said facetoface negotiations would resume Friday on guerrilla demands for the release of 311 alleged political prisoners Austrian Ambassador Edgar Selzer freed because his wife was gravely ill appeared healthy when he changed planes in Caracas but told a journalist he had not eaten in eight days the Venezuelan state news agency reported Rudolf Lenhart first secretary at the Austrian Embassy said Selzer 47 was freed for humanitarian reasons because his wife is dying in Vienna His release leaves 14 ambassadors or acting ambassadors in the embassy including US Ambassador Diego Asencio plus an undetermined number of other hostages An estimated 29 guerrillas one of them wounded are in the building Foreign Minister Diego Uribe Vargas said the government would resume face toface negotiations with the leftists on Friday The third round of conversations will take place tomorrow he told reporters as he left the presidential place Thursday night after meeting with President Julio Turbay Ayala Government representatives met Sunday and Wednesday with guerrilla negotiators in a beige panel truck parked in front of the embassy They have negotiated by telephone in the interim Arson Kills Four Kids HOUSTON AP Fire swept through an old frame house Thursday killing four children and injuring four adults and investigators went looking for an 18year old woman neighbors said set the house on fire each time she had an argument with her boyfriend Neighbors put out the the earlier fires in the threebedroom structure without reporting them arson investigators said Sterling Jones a senior arson in vestigator said 13 persons all related lived in the house Five adults escaped the fire without injury Three of the in jured were treated at a hospital and released and a fourth was treated at the scene Jones said the young woman had fought with her boyfriend Wednesday night and started a fire but the blaze was extinguished She evidently came back he said The fatal fire broke out about 3 am The fire started in the front on the outside and went through the entire house It burned real fast Jones said This is a frame house a real old house and the wind was blowing real hard and once it got started it was real hard to stop They have had fights before and each time shed set the house on fire It was not immediately known how many other fires had occurred at the house The dead found in two different bedrooms were identified as Frankie Dwayne Wells 6 months Brigit Gray 1 Telisa Williams 5 and Gwendelin Ann Wells 14 Militants To Give Hostages To Revolutionary Council By The Associated Press Moslem militants in the US Embassy in Tehran who have held some50 Americans hostage for four months said Thursday they were ready to give up their captives to Irans Revolutionary Council Carter administration officials fearful of blowing the whole thing reacted cautiously to what was seen as the most significant breakthrough thus far in the 124dayold standoff A spokesman for the militants con tacted by telephone from Bonn West Germany would give no indication when the transfer might take place and there was no indication the move would soon lead to freedom for the Americans Iranian Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh emerging from a meeting at which the Revolutionary Council ac cepted the militants offer made clear the authorities still view the Americans as hostages Our conditions are rather clear for their release he said apparently referring to President Abothassan Bani Sadrs three demands that the US government acknowledge past in terference in Iranian affairs that it pledge not to interfere in the future and that it promise not to block efforts to have the deposed shah and his stolen Senate Wont Stall on Welfare HARRISBURG AP A key Senate chairman involved in a proposed purge of the welfare rolls said Thursday he would hold hearings on the bill but wont stall on it The Senate Republican leader however was less confident of the bills fate in the upper chamber despite its overwhelming passage in the House on Wednesday Those who oppose the bill on the Democratic side will do everything to keep this bill from seeing the light of day said Senate Minority Leader Henry Hager RLycoming It could be buried in committee A chairman has dictatorial powers he said The Thornburgh administration bill would cut off welfare cash grants to 81000 of the 155000 current recipients The estimated J34 million in savings would provide job training for minorities and million in increased welfare benefits and generate million in extra federal welfare aid according to Gov Dick Thornburgh Farview Boss Resigns Post WAYMART Pa AP Against a backdrop of allegations of lax security at Pennsylvanias institution for the crimi nally insane Farview State Hospital Superintendent Robert Hammel has announced his retirement effective March 21 I have retired Hammel said Wednesday night and declined further comment Three days earlier two heavilyarmed patients both convicted murderers escaped from a visitation area at the hospital and Thcrnburgh administration sources said Thursday Hammel would have been fired had he not resigned Russell Shoals 37 a Philadelphian convicted in the murder of a police of ficer and Clifford Futch 35 of Lorain Ohio escaped Sunay using guns smug gled into th hospital under the dress of a woman visitor state police said They were recaptured Tuesday in a makeshift bunker not far from the Wayne County hospital wealth returned to Iran President Carter has said the United States has no intention to interfere in Iran but has ruled out any admission of past guilt Ghotbzadeh said the transfer of the hostages to the custody of the Revolutionary Council about a dozen Moslem clergymen and lay revolutionaries who rule Iran would be arranged by a special commission that would meet Friday The members of the commission were not identified He said he was unable to answer questions about whether the hostages would be removed from the embassy and where they would be held AyatoUah Ruhollah Khomeini and other Iranian revolutionary leaders have said recently the hostages fate will not be decided until a new Parliament takes office in April But it has been assumed that the necessary first stage in resolving the crisis would be for the militants to relinquish custody of the hostages A further sign of progress might be a meeting between the UN investigative commission on Iran and the hostages something the militants had blocked for days The five commission members had been preparing to leave Tehran on Thursday without having visited the hostages but decided to stay two or three more days after they were told of the militants decision The militants spokesman said they agreed to give up control of the hostages because of pushing from the BaniSadr government for a meeting between the UN panel and the hostages What can one do when the officials and those in charge in the commission accept that whatever the commission wants must be done the militants asked Since we cannot bow to a view we do not accept and do not regard as in keeping with the Imams AyatoUah Ruhollah Khomeinis line and since those in charge of the government always regard our methods as con tributing to their weakness and speak of a government within a government we wish to allay any misunderstanding by telling the Revolutionary Council to take delivery of the hostages that is the American spies from us and deal with them as it deems appropriate the statement said Public Employee Strikes Opposed STATE COLLEGE Pa AP Most Pennsylvanians favor a ban on public employee strikes and think all unions walk off the job too often a Pennsylvania State University Journalism School poll shows About 56 percent of the 284 adults in terviewed by telephone between Jan 30 and Feb 3 say police fire teachers and nurses unions should not be allowed to strike About 38 percent said they should Pennsylvania law gave most public employees the right to strike in 1970 Since then the state has led the nation in the number of yearly walkouts Papal Altar Suit To Stay in Court PHILADELPHIA AP The ad ministration of Mayor William Green has decided to continue the fight to assume construction costs of the aitar platform used by Pope John Paul II for a Mass last Oct 3 according to officials Any action other than following through with the court proceedings would be considered unfair by one side or the other said City Solicitor Alan Davis Davis also said the decision was based in part on a promise by the previous administration Government Pressured 60 Minutes To Kill Story NEW YORK AP The White House and the Slate Department attempted several times over a twoweek period to pressure 60 Minutes into canceling a segment on US relations with Irans ousted shah CBS News president William Leonard confirmed Thursday Leonard said he and the newsmagazines producers considered several options in light of the administration effort but its obvious where we came down The 30mmute piece about twice as long as the normal 60 Minutes segment was broadcast March 2 We had decided to broadcast the piece before there were any of these representations Leonard said referring to calls from government officials and we went ahead with it as planned Leonard said he was contacted personally by administration representatives he declined to name I had no calls from them after the broadcast he said Leonard said he discussed the matter several times before the broadcast with Don Hewitt the programs executive producer and Mike Wallace the corre spondent for the report President Carters news secretary Jody Powell and Henry Precht who works on the State Departments Iran desk were among those who tried to pressure CBS into canning the segment the Washington Post said in Thursdays editions Neither Powell nor other administration officials would comment on the matter Reasons for the White House concern were not clear though Wallaces report included commentary on events leading up to the takeover by Iranian militants of the US Embassy in Tehran four months ago Wallace said embassy officials had expressed concern for their security should the shah be allowed into the United States as he was early in November and had asked foraditional protection He quoted the State Departments Precht as saying extra guards never were provided Wallace said in addition he had been told by Irans former foreign minister Ibrahaim Yazdi that when informed officially just 24 hours before the arrival of the shah in New York he warned the State Department You are playing with fire there will be a very drastic reaction And on that subject Wallace concluded when President Carter asked Secretary of State Cyrus Vance ifthe embassy could be protected the secretary told me Friday We said we could but we didnt The 60 Minutes segment also included material from Wallaces 1976 interview with the shah in which they discussed torture allegedly administered by the Iranian secret police SAVAK And there was an interview with Jesse Leaf described by Wallace as the CIAs Iran analyst in the early 1970s in which Leaf talked about links between SAVAK and the US agency The 60 Minutes segment originally was to have been broadcast Feb 24 but the schedule was changed when the piece was not ready by that date BACKS STUDENTS An American flag burns during a protest at the US Embassy in Tehran Thursday night A crowd of 2000 demonstrated past midnight against any compromise over the hostages Hostages Kin Skeptical About Move by Militants By The Associated Press With their hopes shattered so many times in the past four months relatives of the American hostages in Tehran were skeptical Thursday when Iranian militants announced they had asked the ruling Revolutionary Council to assume responsibility for the captives Weve been burned so badly in the past you dont dare let your hopes get too high because its a long hard fall said Susan Cooke of Memphis Tenn mother of hostage Donald Cooke 24 a geologist While the announcement seemed to signal a breakthrough after 124 days there was no immediate word from the Iranian government on what will happen next The government had said earlier a final decision on the hostages would not be made until April or May Zane Hall of Little Falls Minn father of Army Warrant Officer Joseph Hall said he never believed what the Iranians said anyway Theyre alwys contradicting each other and running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off Hall said I dontbeiieve a damn thing any of them has to say Its just a cotton picking mess Until something happens Im not going to get shook up about it Nonethless a few of the relatives were overjoyed at the announcement Its just wonderful said Alice Metrinko of Olyphant Pa mother of Michael Metrinko 33 All my prayers Peacekeeping Force Eyed In Afghanistan ISLAMABAD Pakistan AP Pakistans president said Thursday he would allow inspection of border refugee camps to show that Afghan rebels are not being trained and armed there and he suggested posting an international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan to help end the crisis there In Washington US analysts said Soviet troops have moved in force to clear Afghan rebels out of the Konar Valley in eastern Afghanistan perhaps indicating the start of a Soviet spring offensive Analysts in several government agencies who asked not to be identified said the Soviet thrust has reached as far as Barikowt a village on the Afghan Pakistani border Along the way the Soviets used rockets and gas to clear out villages which had been rebel strong holds they said are being answered Mrs Grace Nasci of Caruthersville Mo motherinlaw of Marine Staff Sgt Michael E Moeller said Im having a few tears over it right now All I can say is Praise the Lord But weve had our hopes up before she said Dave Schaefer 23 of Tacoma Wash son of Thomas Schaefer said When I can see the militants leave or the hostages stay there and have different captors I will feel a lot better Those militants scare me Dual Candidacy Challenge Killed By State Court HARRISBURG AP Com monwealth Court on Thursday threw out a challenge to the dual candidacy of state Sen Michael OPake allowing him to run for reelection to a third term in the senate at the same time seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general The court order dismissed an un precedented challenge by Walter Phillips former Philadelphia special prosecutor who is also seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general There is no rule of Pennsylvania law prohibiting Sen OPakes dual candidacy in this case and we discern no reason why this court should now make one wrote Judge Theodore Rogers Indeed there are compelling reasons for not doing so Rogers added House Subcommittee Nixes Woman Draft WASHINGTON AP A House subcommittee voted 81 Thursday to kill President Carters request for authority to include women in a draft registration program The vote the first congressional test of sentiment for registering women does not affect registration of men The issue of male registration is tied up in the House Appropriations Committee where budgetary problems have stalled a vote on Carters request for money to start registration this summer The vote against including women in registration was taken in the House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee where members argued there is no military need to register women ;